Faith Hakesley is a Catholic wife, homeschooling mother, survivor, advocate, author, and blogger. Over the course of her life, she has overcome many traumas including clerical abuse.
In 2008, Faith was one of five victims of clerical abuse from the Archdiocese of Boston to meet with Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to Washington, D.C. As a result of their meeting, she began reaching out to others suffering from trauma (particularly sexual abuse) and became passionate about offering a message of hope and healing to others who are suffering. Faith strives to be an advocate for survivors, break the stigmas associated with trauma, and encourage others to find hope through their faith.
Faith has been interviewed on CNN, Face the Nation, EWTN, Catholic TV, and many other media outlets. She was a guest speaker at the 2009 Women Affirming Life Breakfast in Norwood, MA and also at the 2020 Survivors' Summit hosted by the Ruth Institute. Faith has also been a contributing writer for the National Catholic Register and for the non-profit organization, Made in His Image.
Her book, Glimmers of Grace, a devotional for survivors of sexual abuse, was published by Our Sunday Visitor in August 2020. Glimmers of Grace tied for first place in the Inspirational Category for the Association of Catholic Publishers Excellence in Publishing Awards. Since early 2022, Faith has been the moderator for Ruth Institute's Ask a Survivor column which seeks to offer education and support to sexual abuse survivors and those who care for them.